What specifically do you like -- and dislike -- about the health components of the budget proposal that President Obama unveiled last week? Are certain provisions so controversial that they put bipartisan health reform efforts that have been blooming at risk?
Does the $634 billion funding figure represent a responsible offset for health care reform? (In his budget, Obama said that $630 billion is "not sufficient to fully fund comprehensive reform," and called it a "first crucial step").
The proposal raises some of the money by:
1. Reducing payments to Medicare Advantage insurance plans.
2. Requiring drug companies to increase rebates to Medicaid.
3. Give hospitals bundled payments so that those with high readmission rates will be paid less.
4. Reducing the itemized deduction rate for families with incomes over $250,000.
(We'll be discussing these issues Thursday at National Journal's Health Care Policy Breakfast, where Ron Brownstein and I will be interviewing a panel of experts, including Sen. Bob Bennett, expert blogger Karen Ignagni of America's Health Insurance Plans, and SEIU's Andy Stern. If you're interested in attending, you can register online.)
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com
Updated at 3:31 p.m. on March 3.